Tuesday, March 02, 2010

RPK's son bailed out by blogger

A blogger is due to post RM10,500 bail for Raja Azman Petra, who recently came under the spotlight for swallowing a razor blade while in prison.

According to lawyers J Chandra and Amarjit Singh, the blogger was identified as Bernard Khoo, who is a friend of the detainee's father and fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

NONERaja Azman (in checked shirt in photo) was reduced to tears when told at the Shah Alam Magistrate's Court that he was to be bailed out today.

However, he will only be released tomorrow as there was not enough time to complete all the procedures.

The accused, who faces four charges of housebreaking and theft, was dressed in a pair of jeans, orange chequered shirt and a pair of Nike sneakers.

Despite shedding tears over his bail, he appeared calm and did not show any signs of the ordeal which he went through last month.

Also present at the trial were friends and relatives.

'Motorcycle traced back to Raja Azman'

The trial began today with the testimony of Inspector Zulaimi Mohd Zubir, who was part of the team who apprehended Raja Azman.

During the cross examination, Inspector Zulaimi explained how Raja Azman was nabbed following a complaint from victim Mohd Syaiful Setapa.

"The complainant led us to a car workshop and recovered the stolen motorcycle," he explained.

NONEThereafter, he explained that the motorcycle was traced back to Raja Azman although it was sold to several other parties.

Raja Azman, 34, was held at the Sungai Buloh prison since May 19 last year after failing to post bail.

He is facing the charges which were committed between March and April last year in Shah Alam.

Initially, there were claims that he was physically and mentally abused by prison guards.

He was also warded after ingesting a razor blade on Feb 8.

A probe by the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) concluded that Raja Azman's injuries were self-inflicted and was not subject to abuse. Raja Azman's lawyers have disputed this.

Chandra also told reporters that during the investigation with Suhakam, Raja Azman had told the commissioners the same thing that he told his lawyers, that he was being abused.

"I do not know how Suhakam can come to the conclusion that there was no abuse," he pondered.

Magistrate Norkamilah Aziz had the fixed trial to resume on the March 23 and 24.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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